Literary Events

Henry Normal – A Normal Family

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Wednesday June 13, 7pm

Tickets £8

BBC Radio 4 comedian Henry Normal, a poet, writer, broadcaster, and film and TV producer who lives in Brighton, has written two award-winning Radio 4 shows, A Normal Life and A Normal Family. He and his wife Angela, a writer for film and TV, take alternate chapters to tell the story of their book, Everyday Adventures with Our Autistic Son. Johnny is 19 and he likes music, art and going to the beach. He is also autistic and will probably never get a job, have a girlfriend or leave home. The book tells of the hope, the despair and the messy, honest and sometimes funny day-to-day world it brings. Picture: Jim Holden.

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Boy Erased: An Evening with Garrard Conley

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Wednesday June 13, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine on arrival

American author Garrard Conley is in conversation with author Matt Cain, whose forthcoming novel is The Madonna Of Bolton. Gerrard  talks about his powerful memoir Boy Erased, and in particular the harrowing experience of being forced to attend a church-supported conversion therapy programme. The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When he was a 19-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. His story is soon to be a major movie starring Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, written and directed by Joel Edgerton.

Phone 01273 206017 or visit

An Author Supper with Robert Goddard

Sussex Produce Cafe, 88 High Street, Steyning

Thursday June 14

Tickets £35 including a two-course meal and a copy of Panic Room

Bestselling author Robert Goddard, who has written 27 novels including The Wide World trilogy, Fault Line and Past Caring, introduces his 27th novel Panic Room, a contemporary thriller set in Cornwall. He will talk about the background to Panic Room, his research and inspiration, his past bestsellers and how he creates suspense and plotting. 

Phone 01903 812062 or visit

Bond is Back! An Evening with Anthony Horowitz

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday June 14, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine on arrival

Multimillion bestselling author Anthony Horowitz will be in conversation about his new James Bond novel Forever And A Day, the official prequel to Casino Royaletelling the story of the origin of the secret agent. Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK. He has written more than 40 books, including his 2016 stand-alone novel Magpie Murdersa Sunday Times bestseller. He is the author of two Sherlock Holmes novels, The House Of Silk and Moriarty, and his bestselling James Bond novel Trigger MortisHis teen spy Alex Rider books have sold 19 million copies worldwide.

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Book Signing with Judith Thomson

Waterstones, 74-76 South Road, Haywards Heath

Saturday June 16, 11am

Local author Judith Thomson is celebrating the release of her new book The Distant Hills, the next standalone novel, based on true events, in her Philip Devalue series. It’s 1689 and England is about to be plunged into a war with France. To say this does not suit half-French Philip Devalle would be an understatement. With King William III now ruling England, Philip, whose efforts during the Glorious Revolution have helped put William there, is secure – for the moment. But his scheming has made him unpopular with many. William and Mary have no children, and with Mary’s sister, Anne, heir to the throne, Philip fears his future may yet be uncertain. Then he receives an invitation to meet King Louis, the French King he has served in the past.

Phone 01444 453411 or visit

Around the World In 80 Trees: An Evening With Jonathan Drori

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Tuesday June 19, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine on arrival

Jonathan Drori, a trustee of the Eden Project, an Ambassador for the WWF and formerly a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and The Woodland Trust, talks about his new book Around The World In 80 Trees, discussing our human, emotional attachment with trees and also the impact of the human race and climate change on our forests. He uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable to the downright ridiculous. 

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Isabel Ashdown

Waterstones, The Dolphin & Anchor, West Street, Chichester

Thursday June 28, 7pm

Free but places must be reserved

This is an interview with bestselling local author Isabel Ashdown as she celebrates the release of her latest book Beautiful Liars. Martha is a TV celebrity, preparing to host a new cold case crime show… and the first investigation will be that of missing student Juliet Sherman. Nearly two decades later, Martha must reach out to old friends and try to piece together the final moments of Juliet’s life. But what happens when your perfect friends turn out to be perfect strangers…? Picture: West Dean College.

Phone 01243 773030 or visit

Summer Reads: An Evening with Elizabeth Enfield and Araminta Hall


Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday June 28, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine on arrival

Two Brighton writers discuss their two very different approaches to relationships in their two big summer reads. Araminta Hall’s Our Kind of Cruelty is  described by Gillian Flynn as “the most addictive psychological thriller of 2018” while Elizabeth Enfield’s Ivy & Abe “the most romantic book of this year.” Both novelists  mine family and relationships  and, while their books fall into very different categories,  they both cover a lot of common ground. Picture of Elizabeth Enfield, above: Sarah Ketelaars.

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Untold Stories Two: New Writing from West Dean College of Arts & Conservation

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday July 5, 7.30pm

Tickets £3 including a glass of wine on arrival

Untold Stories Two is an anthology of first chapters from the novels-in-progress by graduating students on the MA Creative Writing & Publishing at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex. Contributing authors Anne Ekin, Beth Carr, Garry Brooking, Hillary Christie, Elizabeth Stafford-Smith and Hilary Scudder will each read a short excerpt from their work, and will be joined by 2017 graduates Mark Peter Howe, Nicola Herring and Louise Bradford to discuss their experience of writing a first novel. The anthology is edited by Martine McDonagh, author of Narcissism for Beginners and MA Programme Leader at West Dean, who hosts this event. 

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Matt Haig


Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea

Tuesday July 10, 7pm

Tickets £8

Novelist and journalist Matt Haig, who lives in Brighton, talks about his new book Notes From A Nervous Planet, a personal look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century. After years of experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, the author of Reasons To Stay Alive began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.

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